Pero wrote:Yes. Two things. One, the teacher was/is totally delusional. IMO not really someone who "understands the material, has done necessary retreats, and has permission to teach". And two, I'm not really sure that viewing one's teacher as a Buddha requires you to drop all reason.
Yes, but Pero -- if you decide that someone is a Buddha, then you will see their delusions as skillful means.
And two, when decide, based on a conceptual beleif that someone is a Buddha, then well, it is hard to be reasonable or reasoned with about that person.
This is the best way for a Dzogchen pracitioner, in my opinion: my teacher and I have the same state. His/er job is to show me that state and s/he can do that because they are a further along the path than I.
There, see? No belief that one's teacher is a Buddha required.
(Of course I think that ChNN is an awakened person, but that is a different story).